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Is the Sony Alpha 1 the Canon EOS R5 Killer?

by Duey Guison  January 27, 2021

The EOS R5 is no longer the only full-frame mirrorless that is capable of shooting 8K video, as Sony is finally joining the 8K train with their newest flagship — the Sony Alpha 1. More powerful than the A9, the Alpha 1 sports an all-new 50.1-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS sensor that is paired with an updated BIONZ XR imaging processor.

The new combination lets the Sony Alpha 1 shoot at up to 30FPS–blackout free and with the ability to do up to 120 autofocus calculations per second. For autofocus, you get 759 AF points with 92% coverage, along with real-time AF for bird photography and real-time tracking being usable at up to f/22.

In addition, the new sensor can do up to 15 stops of dynamic range while maintaining its consistent ISO performance from 100 to 32000 (expandable 50 to 104200 when shooting photos).

You also get a 0.64-inch OLED Quad XGA viewfinder with an insane 240hz refresh rate, along with a vibration-free electronic shutter with flicker-free shooting for both electronic and mechanical shutters. This “dual driven shutter” lets the Alpha 1 do a flash sync of up to 1/200 second in electronic mode, 1/400 in mechanical mode, and up to 1/500 in APS-C crop mode.

As mentioned in the headline, it can shoot 8K video at 30FPS by oversampling 8.6K down to 8K. It can also shoot 4K at 120p in 10-bit and oversampled 4K in Super 35 mode. As a professional movie camera, the Sony Alpha 1 supports S-Cinetone for delivering cinemas colors, along with 10-bit SLog3 and HLG.

Other features include 5-axis IBIS for up to 5.5 stops of stabilization, heat-dissipating structure to let you shoot up to 30 minutes of 8K video continuously, dedicated Ethernet port, the ability to export 16-bit RAW video via HDMI, and two card slots that support UHS-II SD cards and CFExpress Type A cards.

The Sony Alpha 1 will be available in March for $6500(~Php 312.4k).

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